Bloomberg Law
June 2, 2020, 9:46 AM

Meatpackers Test Boundaries of Anonymity in Covid-19 Lawsuits

Fatima Hussein
Fatima Hussein
Legal Reporter
Genevieve Douglas
Genevieve Douglas

The meat-packing industry, a hotspot for the coronavirus and a flashpoint for the worker versus public safety argument, could soon explore new legal ground over when it’s appropriate to allow plaintiffs to sue anonymously.

Also known in the #MeToo context, anonymous legal claims can protect those who want to sue but need privacy. And that same shield could be used by meat and poultry employees, many of whom fear working at plants where more than 4,900 have been infected with Covid-19, according to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics.

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